The Jamaat Ud-Dawah (JuD) took out rallies across Pakistan Thursday to mark Kashmir Day with its chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, accused by India of being the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, presiding over the biggest rally in Lahore.
“We are Kashmiris and Kashmiris are us. Our religion binds us as one nation and we will always continue our moral support to our brothers oppressed by the brutality of the Indian armed forces,” Saeed said at the rally, which took place in front of the Lahore high court under heavy police presence.
He also termed the Indian foreign minister’s visit to China as a conspiracy against the independence of Kashmir, saying India was ready to accept all demands of China just for its support in the UN to silence the Kashmir issue.
In an interview Saeed also urged Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif to call a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference to resolve the Kashmir issue.
The spate of rallies across Pakistan put into question claims by the Sharif government that the JuD had been banned.
Rallies were organised jointly with the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leaders. JuD rallies took place in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. In all rallies, India was condemned for its role in suppressing the Kashmiri freedom struggle.
In Muzaffarabad, prime minister Nawaz Sharif attacked India of adopting delaying tactics to settle the Kashmir dispute and said New Delhi was not sincere in meaningful talks with Islamabad.
He warned that without the permanent settlement of the Kashmir issue, “regional peace is in danger”.
He also met a delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Thursday. The delegation comprised Yousuf Naseem, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Mahmood Ahmed Saghar and Rafique Ahmed Dar. Sharif said Pakistan is committed to a just and peaceful resolution of the J-K dispute.